Tampa Philanthropist David Straz Passes Away In His Sleep

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa Bay philanthropist and former mayoral candidate David Straz Jr. has died. He was 77 years old.

Jarrod Holbrook, the executive director of the David A. Straz Jr. Foundation, announced the passing in a brief news release Monday evening.

“It is with a heavy heart the Straz family regrets to inform you that while on a recent fishing trip with close friends, David A. Straz, Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep,” the statement said. “The Straz family is asking the media to respect their privacy during this difficult time. We will release funeral plans once they are final.”

Mayor Castor releases the following statement about the passing of David Straz

“I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Straz,” said Mayor Jane Castor. “David’s indelible contributions to this city will be a part of our cultural fabric for decades to come. My heart goes out to the entire family during this very difficult time.”

Photo credit: David Straz for Mayor

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